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"The old pieces date from the twenties and thirties and are English. Most of them are brooches, and a smaller number are pendants (judging by size, and the fact that charm bracelets were not popular in the twenties). Although the patent for reverse-painted jewelry with a butterfly-wing background was issued earlier, the jewelry became popular in 1924 because of an exhibit at the British Empire Exhibition by the firm Thomas L. Mott (the same company as TLM, known to charm-lovers for their enamels). Hoffman started making butterfly-wing jewelry in the late thirties and is still making it, I believe, pretty much all hex signs at this point. The quality is fairly good, though not what it was--and nothing is hand-painted, as all the old English stuff was." Joan Munkacsi

"There are two that I see (99% of the time that is). Made in England- probably the most typical and usually set in sterling silver. These are the ones that seem to be the most desirable, at least for me anyway. and Hoffman- an American company. is what their Hallmark looks like. They are Frederick S. Hoffman and Company, and out of New York, NY right around 1930-40. I have seen these set in sterling silver, and in white metal with rhodium (stay-bright) finish. I also see the ones that have scenes of Rio on them- and they always seem to be marked 800 or 900 silver." Carolyn Sunday

According to Warman's Jewelry: "A unique type of collectible jewelry, which appears to be attracting to a growing number of collectors, originated in England.However, its primary component, the wings of the Morpho butterly, came from South America. Several British firms made these pieces, which usually consist of a reverse-painted scene or a white sulphide bas-relief(reminiscent of Wedgewood jasperware) backed with an iridescent blue butterfly wing ground, a domed glass cover, and usually a sterling silver frame and back. The backs are often marked with a British patent number, granted to Shipton & Co. of Brinmingham, England in 1923." That is found on page 137 and there is an unusual yellow butterfly wing pin pictured on the same page." Lilly Vittetow.

"Unfortunately, the delicate material of the butterfly wing is subject to deterioration and many of the old pieces have spots of deterioration or are completely deteriorated.The giveaway is dead spots in the lovely irridescense, a rusty or dirty appearance. Under magnification these areas of scales will appear "ruffled" in comparison to the undamaged areas." Jan Gaughan

Date(s): January 23, 2006. Album by Jewelry Ring. 1 - 28 of 28 Total. 14820 Visits.
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Butterfly Wing earrings with tropical scene.

Compliments of Nancy Brace

Splendors Of The Past

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Butterfly Wing Pendant.

Compliments of Dianne Lavenburg

Vintage Jewelry Meadow

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Butterfly Wing Ring.

Compliments of Carol Bell

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Butterfly Wing Earrings. Mine has a pine or
evergreen tree instead of the palm trees.

Compliments of Lilly Vittetow

Lilly's Vintage Jewelry

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Butterfly Wing Pin.

Courtesy of Adrienne Shivers

Garden Party Collection

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While the bracelet has no reverse painting it is without a doubt the
most intense shade of shimmery blue I've ever seen!

Compliments of Adrienne Shivers

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A butterfly wing tourist bracelet. Mine is marked Made In Brazil. Each scene is a bit different with some reverse painting.

Compliments of Jan Gaughan

Eclectic Vintage

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Butterfly earring and Pin set.

Compliments of Jan Gaughan

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Sterling butterfly wing pendant.
Plastic domed covering.

Compliments of Linda Kent

Hampton Estates on eBay

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English sterling reverse-painted pendant, c. 1930, by Thomas L. Mott Ltd., whose exhibit of butterfly wing jewelry at the British Empire Exhibition of 1924 set off a craze for it.  Marked SILVER / TLM on the reverse; 11/16 by 1/2 inch.

Compliments of Joan Munkacsi

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A tiny (5/16") reverse-painted English butterfly wing charm, c. 1930.  Although it doesn't look like it in the photo, the bird's entire body is made from Morpho butterfly wing; the head is gilt. Marked SILVER / LH.

Compliments of Joan Munkacsi

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Antique English Silver Butterfly & Opal Brooch.
This piece is Awesome. Its hand painted on Butterfly Wing, and the bottom of the dress is pieces of Opals. Its mounted in English Sterling Silver.

Compliments of Sam & Yvonne

Our Favorite Jewels

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An unusual 1964-1965 New York World's Fair Pin with Butterfly wing accent.

Courtesy of Sam & Yvonne Mitchell

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A really nice double sided large butterfly wings pendant,
with two entirely different scenes on each side that is really pretty.

Compliments of Carolyn & Ed Sunday


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Butterfly Wing Bracelet.

Compliments of Carolyn & Ed Sunday

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Morpho Butterfly wing background.  Sometimes referred to as "butterfly wing sulphide cameo".Also made in England.
The necklace has two enamel stations that match the blue of the wings.

Compliments of Mary Maxwell

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Another kind of butterfly wing jewelry.  Actual butterfly, not just the wings.

Compliments of Mary Maxwell

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Wonderful butterfly picture, very unusual to see a picture of this size.

Compliments of Nancy Hathaway

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An early piece of early butterfly jewelry to share with you.

Compliments of MJ DeCourley

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Ballerina Butterfly pendant
Marked England Sterling with Pat Aug. 1924, This pendant has a beautiful Ballerina.

Compliments of Rea Maurice

A Peacock Boutique

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Butterfly wing brooch.
Souvenir Brooch with Sailboat.

Compliments of Rea Maurice

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Butterfly Wing Bracelet and Necklace.

Compliments of Amelia Willett

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'yellow' Butterfly wing jewelry.
Older, glass domed pendant.
Scene of Rio deJaneiro, Brazil.

Courtesy of Linda Kent

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Art Deco Kookaburra Bird Butterfly Wing Brooch

Compliments of Cheri Van Hoover

Milky Way Jewels

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English Sterling Edwardian Morpho Butterfly Wing Brooch

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

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Butterfly Wing Sterling Brooch

Courtesy of Adrienne Shivers

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Reverse Painted Butterfly Wing Pendant

Courtesy of Adrienne Shivers

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Butterfly Wing Necklace

Compliments of Merry Kaufman

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